Celebrate Earth Day Like the Eco-Warrior You Are
by Kaitie Holland
Earth Day began in 1970 as a massive political demonstration aimed at protecting the environment. Both Democrats and Republican were involved in the movement and it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Since then, Earth Day has continued to serve as a catalyst for environmental activism. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year!
Go Outside (obviously) – The best part about Earth Day is pausing to appreciate the Earth and all its processes! If you don’t have time to get out of town, then just go for a bike ride, or a walk, or plant something in your garden and think about all the crazy processes that are going on. Your plants are creating oxygen! The soil is creating nutrients for plants! Earthworms are cleaning the soil! The sun is giving you Vitamin D! WHAT?? EARTH, YOU RULE!!!
Do an elementary-school experiment – Elementary schools know how to do Earth Day right. Personally, we used to do a demonstration of the water cycle and then we got to eat dirt pudding cups, so it was obviously one of my favorite days. I believe that we should do more things that our elementary-selves would love in general, so why not start with Earth Day? Try growing a little bean sprout (or maybe herbs if you’re feeling bougie), making a solar oven (these blew my little-kid mind back in the day), or making your own rain.
Donate to the National Park Service – Everyone loves John Muir quotes and retro-style National Parks t-shirts, but we need to remember to support our parks by giving! If you have the time, take a trip to your favorite park. If you don’t want to travel too far, find a park near you and enjoy some fresh air!
Learn Something New – Read a good book on environmental issues, or if you want something a little shorter, read literally anything from BBC Earth. You could also brush up on the Paris Climate Agreement and listen to the New York Times’ coverage of Trump’s position on the agreement. If you don’t want to read at all, maybe just watch Planet Earth on Netflix. The point is, try to learn something new and appreciate the Earth a little bit more.
Become a Bee-Keeper – Yeah, this is a legitimate suggestion. First of all, bee populations are in decline, and we seriously need these pollinators. Second of all, beekeeping is probably the coolest hobby anyone can have. Here is a Wikihow article on beekeeping to start you out. And finally, I desperately want to share this picture of my friend’s dad who recently started bee-keeping. Go Jeff! Save the bees!